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Old 12-29-2006, 07:54 AM
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I picked up a cap for my truck. The last guy had it bolted to the bed. I am going to us the clamps, after it's painted. I picked up the foam tape for the installation. It is sticky on one side and has paper on the other.
I am assuming it sticks to the cap [not the bed rail]. Correct?
Do you leave the paper on to allow you to move the cap? It would seem that the small location adjustments required before you clamp it down would be difficult at best with the foam tape.
If anyone can help with this, it would be great.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:02 AM
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I just put mine back on yesterday after storing it for the summer. Sticky side of the tape goes on the cap. That way you can remove it from the truck if you want to. Adjust cap to the bed then just clamp down.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:12 AM
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Thanks, just wondering about the adjustment. Doesn't the 'tape' prevent any movement of the cap, relative to the bed? Those last 1/2 inch adjustments must be a b**ch. Unless, of course, someone is inside hunched over lifting the cap while you move it.
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Old 12-29-2006, 08:15 AM
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If you arent planning on removing the cap regularly, peel off the paper for a better weather seal. You can probably get away with silicon beading if you are cheap but I think the foam tape provides more grip strength to back-up the clamps.

I have known people who dont bother with any type of seal but they always have a damp bed. Also, you will get scuffing along the edge which can lead to rust. Escpecially due to the different metals used for caps Vs beds.

I believe the tape reduces vibration damage but it's the clamps/bolts which eliminate the movement.

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Old 01-02-2007, 11:56 PM
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Sticky side of the tape goes to the cap. If you have bed rail covers (ie - '97 or newer F-150) you will have to use a couple of layers across the front. My truck has 3 layers across the front. The place where I bought my topper also used some putty to fill the places that the tape wasn't easy to seal. When I needed to re-seal mine, they only charged me $50. You might check because I couldn't do mine for less than $50 worth of frustration and the weatherstripping cost me nearly $20.
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Old 01-03-2007, 12:49 AM
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Or....go to a carpet store and buy reminants of indoor/outdoor carpeting. DON'T secure with glue or tape the compression from the clamps will hold it firm and make a nice seal. This makes it ideal to keep the truck from getting all gunked up when the cap is off. I've done this for years with great results.
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:12 AM
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I don't know why all you guys are saying sticky side to the cap, I'd put the sticky side on the box!

- if the sticky side is to the cap then the non-sticky side will rub the paint right off the box!
- if the sticky side is to the cap then you can get road grim and dirt between the tape and the box.......no paint left again and possible rust!
- if the sticky side is to the box the foam tape acts as a dam for any water that enters between the cap and the box....water would have to go over the tape to get into the box.
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Periodically check those clamps for tightness.
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Old 01-03-2007, 02:50 PM
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I Bolted Mine On... Once Adjusted Just Drill And Bolt Down... When I Remove And Re-install Topper I Know Its Adjusted Just Right When The Bolts Go Back In The Holes... I Have 3- 5/16 Stainless Bolts With Larger Fender Washers Top And Bottem And Nylock Nuts On Each Side... (6Total)

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Old 01-03-2007, 07:42 PM
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It's on. Had my brother-in-law paint it last weekend. Sticky side on the cap; went on fine. Just checking the clamps daily for a while. Last guy who had the cap had it bolted down. So, if need be, I can drill thru the cap holes and bolt it down. I'm still looking thru the rear-view expecting it to fly off. Never had a cap before; but then, never saw one on the side of the road, either.
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